It's not often that a wrestling match ends in tears. But last week, at the Class 3A state high school wrestling championship in St. Paul, Minn., that's exactly what happened.
In his weight class' final match, Mitchell McKee, a sophomore from St. Michael Albertville High School, successfully pinned his opponent, Malik Stewart, KARE 11 reported. His father, Steve McKee, who has terminal cancer, watched on. In December, doctors gave McKee, 50, just two months to live, according to the Star Tribune.
“My dad has always been there, cheering me on," Mitchell told the paper, "no matter how hard it is for him.”
But his victory wasn't the only highlight of the day. Because immediately afterwards, despite just losing, Malik went over to shake Mitchell's father's hand.
Malik Stewart and Steve McKee (Credit: Vanessa Schlueter)
Mitchell and Steve McKee (Credit: Vanessa Schlueter)
"I went through the same thing when I was younger but my dad didn't pass by cancer. It was by a heart attack," Malik later told KARE 11, "so I know what he is going through."